im·pact·ful | \ im-ˈpakt-fəl , ˈim-ˌpakt-fəl \

Definition of impactful 

: having a forceful impact : producing a marked impression impactful song lyrics impactful humanitarian efforts … the visually-impactful long scar on his neck reminds you of the unfortunate incident. —Griselda Flores

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This year, Jeremy Pruitt might be the most impactful departure for the Crimson Tide. Michael Casagrande,, "Why Alabama's run of 7 straight No. 1 recruiting classes is in serious trouble," 5 Feb. 2018 Pruitt attacked environmental regulations from all sides One of Pruitt’s most impactful strategies at the EPA ultimately was to slow down or stall its work, seeking years-long delays for some parts of the agency’s ongoing rule development. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Scott Pruitt is leaving behind a toxic mess at the EPA," 6 July 2018 The federal vehicle mileage targets are considered nation’s the single most impactful program in the fight against climate change. Evan Halper,, "Colorado joins California in fight to prevent Trump from weakening auto emissions rules," 19 June 2018 The most directly impactful development out of Computex this year may ultimately come from Intel. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "It's Time to Get Excited About the Future of PCs. (Yes, PCs)," 8 June 2018 The story of grizzly 399 illustrates just how impactful the survival of a single healthy female can be. National Geographic, "Yellowstone-Area Grizzly Bears to Be Hunted for First Time in Decades," 24 May 2018 This Tommy could be another Earth's doppelganger like viewers got to see in the Earth-X crossover, but the biggest emotional payoff would be to bring the original Tommy back from the dead for the most impactful reunion yet. Sydney Bucksbaum, The Hollywood Reporter, "DC TV Watch: 'Supergirl' Tackles Important (and Relatable) Emotional Issue," 28 Apr. 2018 How impactful this approach will be depends on the business world’s focus on and long-term commitment to the goal of reducing racial discrimination and increasing antiracist actions. Richard J. Reddick, Fortune, "Commentary: Can We Really Trust Starbucks to Take on Racism?," 19 Apr. 2018 There was impactful news stateside as well; 3-D gun pioneer Cody Wilson won a long-gestating lawsuit against the US, meaning he's now allowed to distribute his designs freely. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Security Roundup: Ukraine Blocked a Russian Hack of Its Critical Infrastructure," 14 July 2018

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1939, in the meaning defined above

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